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LAST MINUTE FOLK PRESENTS STILL ON THE HILL IN CONCERT SATURDAY JUNE 24TH AT 7PM

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students with ID. Refreshments at intermission will be provided by the UUFT Social Justice committee for free-will donation and proceeds go to social justice causes in the community. Shows begin at 7pm and doors open at 6:30pm.





Still on the Hill is a national and international touring group from Arkansas that has been described as “Ambassadors of the Ozarks” for the work they do to preserve a rich culture that is quickly disappearing.

Kelly & Donna of Still on the Hill are award winning ‘story telling-song writers’.  Different than most singer-songwriters, this dynamic duo embellishes their songs with a host of unique instruments from the hills they call home. Many of these were hand-made by old-timers and have amazing stories that go with them.

KELLY MULHOLLAN is a fifth generation native Arkansan who is a classically trained guitarist. At six years old he cut his teeth, playing ukulele and listening to Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. As a teen he embraced the progressive rock bands like Genesis and Yes and perfected that complex style of music. Now when he plays the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele or upright bass…you can hear all those influences- along with his strong Ozark roots- coming through to create a sound that is unique to Still on the Hill. Kelly’s masterful songwriting dips into the deep well of history, and his love for the Ozarks is alive in every word and note that he plays.

DONNA MULHOLLAN learned the fiddle in the kitchen with her dad, who played the guitar and sang old Hank Williams and Bob Wills songs.  For 35 years she toured the country playing with various country-western bands and even did a stint with a large Las Vegas show.  At 18 she had met an old fiddle maker named Denton Boze who lived in a tarpaper shack in the Arkansas backwoods. His story haunted her for years and in her late 30’s she wrote her first song about him, opening a floodgate of songs, many about people and places in the Ozarks. Her instrumental palette includes; several one of a kind Ozark-made fiddles, mandolin, musical saw, scrub-board, ukelin, guitar, mule-jawbone and Ozark pickin’ bow.

Still on the Hill has proved itself a favorite at many prestigious festivals and venues here and abroad, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas and countless others. Their own region, the Ozarks, has voted them the “Best Folk Band” for several years running, and the mayor of their town, Fayetteville, Arkansas, proclaimed Dec. 20th Still on the Hill Day for all the work the duo does in community service. They have produced eight widely acclaimed CD’s and nine years ago they signed with Swiss record label Brambus Records for the European release of their CD “Chaos & Calm”.  In 2010 they produced their ‘Ozark Project’ which created waves across the region that are still resonating today and also garnered them the coveted Governors Folk Life Award for their effort to preserve Arkansas Traditions.

In 2015 they completed ONCE A RIVER, a year-long journey to write and record songs about the history of the Beaver Lake Watershed and the White River to promote good stewardship of this precious resource. The project included over 35 FREE concerts in the watershed and the duo gave away 1,000 Once A River CD’s. Now they are working on a follow up project using the same template but this time it’s about the Buffalo River, our nation’s FIRST historic river and the only major river in the south allowed to flow free and un-dammed. This CD is called STILL A RIVER and was released in spring of 2016.

“These musicians have grafted the wild climbing vines of bluegrass, folk, classical and mountain music onto the hardiest of Ozark rootstock. The result is a yet-to-be-named hybrid music that simply compels people to stop and listen, to pause in their hectic lives and pay attention to something they’ve never heard before. It’s magic, and there’s simply not enough magic in the world today.” — Julie Koehler, Bluegrass Now Magazine

“The creativity and originality of these two blows through the stale air of singer-songwriters like a gale of genius.” — Rich Warren, SING OUT! Magazine

LAST MINUTE FOLK AT THE JAYHAWK AND CAPITAL CITY EQUALITY CENTER PRESENTS TRET FURE IN CONCERT ON MAY 20TH at 7pm, CINDY NOVELO TO OPEN

Last Minute Folk is pleased to present Tret Fure in concert on Saturday, May 20th at 7pm at the Jayhawk Gallery with Cindy Novelo opening the show. This concert will be co-sponsored by the Capital City Equality Center and a portion of the proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Equality Center.

Tickets are $20 and available on line at www.lastminutefolk.org or at the door. Refreshments at intermission will be provided by the UUFT Social Justice committee for free-will donation and proceeds go to social justice causes in the community. Shows begin at 7pm and doors open at 6:30pm. If you would like more information about the concert series, check out our Facebook page or our website at www.lastminutefolk.org. You can also contact Deb Kirmer at 785-233-4499 or email at dkirmer999@gmail.com.

 

The Capital City Equality Center (www.capcitycenter.org) will  co-sponsor the concert and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the Center.

Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest.  At 19, she moved to LA in hopes of obtaining a record deal.  Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”.  She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer.  With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the J Geils Band. 

One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 15 albums and CDs over the course of her 47 year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.

In the early 80s, Tret began exploring the independent side of the industry discovering the blossoming genre known as Women’s Music.  She recorded with and produced some of the best of women’s music including the legendary “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall” (1983). She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90s, producing, engineering and releasing 3 CDs together during those years.

Now after 7 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world, winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories., Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Songas well as the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. In 2009, Tret was voted “Pride In The Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician”. In the same year she received the Janine C Rae Award for her work in Women’s Music. Her song “Freedom” is currently #1 on the top 10 song charts for OutVoice.net and she is the #1 folk artist for Reverbnation in Newport News, VA.

Her acclaimed solo releases include “Tret Fure” (1973), “Terminal Hold” (1984), “Edges of the Heart” (1986), “Time Turns the Moon” (1990), “Back Home” (2001) which took both album of the year and single of the year awards for 2001 from OutVoice Top 40, “My Shoes” (2003) in which Sing Out! Magazine says “Fure’s new solo venture signals her intent to do more than just move on. This album soars…She has never sounded better…This mature effort surely ranks among Fure’s finest works and will be savored by old-time fans and new fans alike.”, “Anytime Anywhere”(2005) and “True Compass” (2007) a beautiful collection of songs of love and passion that lived in the top 20 charts of Outvoice for over a year. “The Horizon” (2010) was also in the top 10 charts and her title song “The Horizon” placed #1 in the Dec 2010 charts. “A Piece of the Sky” (2013) was #3 in the top 20 charts. Tret just released her 15th album, “Rembrandt Afternoons” (2015) which proves to be her best work yet. It has already been chosen by the acclaimed folk music show Midnight Special as their album of the week and has been in heavy rotation on several of the folk shows around the country.  Her song “Riverbank” was #2 on the Acoustic Outpost charts for the week of February 15 and the song “Freedom” is #1 on Outvoice.net.

Fure also markets of her own line of clothing named after her popular song “Tomboy girl”. In addition, while not on the road, Tret teaches guitar and songwriting individually and in workshop settings. She paints pet portraits on commission and, an accomplished cook, Fure has also published a cookbook, “Tret’s Kitchen”, featuring her own recipes. Along with bridging the marketing, production, music and art worlds, Tret also serves as President of Local 1000, The Traveling Musicians Association–a union geared toward helping traveling musicians find security and longevity.

 

 

An award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Novelo’s music is a mesmerizing fusion of Americana, classical and world music – soulful sounds that rise from the hollows of Appalachia, Europe, India and beyond. Her most recent CD ‘Meditation’ pushes the boundaries of her innovative and luscious sound, resulting in a deeply moving musical experience.  

Cindy Novelo finds her inspiration in a deep desire to help bring harmony to the world – through her music, but also through the sharing of her stories and the work she does with both groups and individuals. Over the past several years – and in particular since her journey through ovarian cancer in 2010 – she found herself sharing from the stage more and more of her life story and the ways in which her experiences have opened her to the abundant grace in the world – even within misfortune.

As she traveled the country as a professional performing songwriter, time and again members of her audience shared how much her stories meant to them which resulted in requests for Cindy to present to groups as a speaker, workshop presenter and retreat facilitator, as well as working individually with clients who have faced various life challenges.

Novelo’s authentic sound led Kansas Public Radio’s Bob McWilliams to select her album Stone’s Throw as one of his top picks for best folk albums of the year, along with albums by Sarah Jarosz, Richard Shindell and Cheryl Wheeler.  “Her arrangements…reverberate with the melodies and traditions of both Medieval and Romantic Europe.  The smoky peat fires of the Celts mix with the disciplined heat of full-on symphony… The human condition – bold and beautiful – is what speaks to us through her music.” ~Blue Sky Green Earth magazine